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Spreading Holiday Cheer!

In partnership with Cornerstone Alliance, and through the generous support of the Bosch Corporation, the season of giving has started a little early here at the Berrien RESA technology department.  What this means for Berrien County teachers is more items available to checkout in their classrooms ... a lot more!
In speaking with our area technology coaches and other instructional technologists around the state, coding would inevitably enter the conversation.  We knew we needed to add something to specifically support coding in the younger grades.  Meet Dash!  
Dash is controlled with your choice of several free apps.  Programming a robot like Dash allows students immediate feedback to their code.  The apps are available for both iOS and Android.  (If you are planning to connect with iPads, you will need something newer than iPad 2's)  There are prebuilt challenges, a curriculum, and accessories that enable to Dash to do things like launch light objects or bulldoze the floor or eve…

Teachable Moments

Some of you may have been aware that this past weekend the Pontiac Silverdome was scheduled to be imploded.  I say scheduled, because while there was a loud noise, the building definitely remained standing.  I couldn't help but chuckle as I followed along, joining plenty of others who quickly attached the failed attempt with the myriad other disappointments that are my Detroit Lions.Then I came across this article on MLive 'Failed Silverdome Implosion - 'A Really Good Mistake,' science teacher says.  That science teacher is Todd Bloch.  On his blog Sweat to Inspire he posted about how the upcoming implosion was a great teachable moment.  He was even taking his son to see the event.  Turns out it was a bit anticlimactic. Though probably not quite as comical as the Weather Channel bus blocking cameras of the recent Georgia Dome implosion.
Rather than being completely disheartened, and being the educator he is, I think Todd actually got MORE ideas from the 'mistake,…